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Car Break-Ins


During the summer months we have consistently seen an increase in car break-in cases. In most instances, the suspects walk neighborhood streets, checking car door handles for unlocked cars. They are looking for wallets, credit cards, cash, electronics, and firearms. Anything they can sell or trade for cash or drugs. It is rare for suspects to actually break out a window or pry open a car door to steal anything. Remember to double check your car doors before going to bed. More importantly, don’t leave electronics, jewelry, wallets, or firearms in your car.

Scams


We have received several reports lately from citizens about a possible scam. The victims receive a call from someone claiming to be with a law firm and advising them they are being sued by a third party. The person tries to get the victim to confirm information such as their full name, date of birth, and social security number over the phone. Never give this information over the phone unless you know for sure who you’re talking to. This will almost always be a scam. If you do receive one of these calls, hang up and notify the Ozark Police Department. This way, we can pass on as much information as we can about the different scams

Community Involvement Opportunities


The Ozark Police Department welcomes the opportunity to have a police officer available for community related events that we are asked to attend. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts that isn't always possible. If you are interested in having an officer at your special event please contact Police Services Representative Sue Ellen Larimer at 417-581-6600 at the Ozark Police Department We ask that you make your request at least 30 days prior to your function, in order to schedule these appearances. Thank you.
Car Break-Ins
During the summer months we have consistently seen an increase in car break-in cases. In most instances, the suspects walk neighborhood streets, checking car door handles for unlocked cars. They are looking for wallets, credit cards, cash, electronics, and firearms. Anything they can sell or trade for cash or drugs. It is rare for suspects to actually break out a window or pry open a car door to steal anything. Remember to double check your car doors before going to bed. More importantly, don’t leave electronics, jewelry, wallets, or firearms in your car.

Scams
We have received several reports lately from citizens about a possible scam. The victims receive a call from someone claiming to be with a law firm and advising them they are being sued by a third party. The person tries to get the victim to confirm information such as their full name, date of birth, and social security number over the phone. Never give this information over the phone unless you know for sure who you’re talking to. This will almost always be a scam. If you do receive one of these calls, hang up and notify the Ozark Police Department. This way, we can pass on as much information as we can about the different scams
Community Involvement Opportunities
The Ozark Police Department welcomes the opportunity to have a police officer available for community related events that we are asked to attend. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts that isn't always possible. If you are interested in having an officer at your special event please contact Police Services Representative Sue Ellen Larimer at 417-581-6600 at the Ozark Police Department We ask that you make your request at least 30 days prior to your function, in order to schedule these appearances. Thank you. 
What Neighborhood Watch Is & Isn't
  • It Is...a crime prevention program where neighbors look out for each other!
  • It Is...a crime prevention program that encourages neighbors to get to know each other so that they can observe and report suspicious activity.
  • It Is...a crime prevention program which trains participants on the importance of recognizing suspicious activities, evaluate them and how to properly report them to police.
  • It Isn't...a vigilante force working outside the normal procedures of the local Police Department.
  • It Isn't...a 100% guarantee that crime will not occur in your neighborhood.
  • It Isn't...a program designed for Participants to undertake personal risks to deter crime.
For information on how to start a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood, contact us at 417-581-6600.

Found Property


Find out more about items and found property brought to the Police Department or reported.